Facebook launches Coronavirus Information Center in 17 African Countries

JOHANNESBURG/South Africa: Facebook is expanding its Coronavirus Information Center to 17 more countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The Information Centers form part of Facebook’s effort to help the global fight against COVID-19 by providing people with the latest news and information from trusted health authorities as well as resources and tips to stay healthy and support their family and community. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Center is featured at the top of News Feed that provides a central place for people to keep informed about the Coronavirus. It includes real-time updates from…

Sanza Phone to Democratises Access to Internet in Africa.

BARCELONA/Spain:  At Mobile World Congress, Orange partners with KaiOS Technologies and UNISOC will launch a phone with voice recognition at $US 20 in 16 countries in Africa and the Middle-East : Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Jordan, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Sierra Leone and Tunisia. The phone, which is affordable 3G smart feature phone, will from April 2019, Orange customers in Mali, Burkina Faso and Côte d’Ivoire will have access to a new category of smart feature…

Canon EMEA President & CEO visit Confirms Commitment to Drive Business in Kenya

NAIROBI/Kenya: Yuichi Ishizuka, President and CEO of Canon Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA), a global provider of imaging technologies and services, has visited Kenya as part of a regional tour of Africa. The visit reinforces Canon EMEA’s commitment to drive innovation in the region’s imaging industry, adding value to the Kenyan market and the country’s economy. Canon will continue to support its business partners and customers with the latest imaging technologies, products and services. Africa is a fast-developing market for Canon, especially within the next decade as governments and…

Fake News: WhatsApp adds new feature

NEW YORK/United State of America: WhatsApp has officially introduced the ‘forward message indicator’ chats to make it clear when a user has received a forwarded message. The new feature announcement was made via a WhatsApp blog post around which time the feature will roll out to 100 per cent. The WhatsApp feature indicates which messages have been forwarded to you upon receipt, it will also help make one-on-one and group chats easier to follow. It helps you determine if your friend or relative wrote the message they sent or if…

Gbaramatu Voice Moves to New Office

WARRI/Nigeria: The Management of Gbaramatu Voice Newspaper, the publishers of gbaramatuvoicenews.com have announced the movement of the corporate office to a new location. Announcing the movement in a press release, the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief Mr. Jacob Abai said that with the new space location, it will afford then the opportunity to add more functions in order for a value added service to all their customers. The organisation, which was initially located at No. 91 Effurun-Sapele Road, Opposite Skye Bank, Effurun, is now at the 1st Floor Flat 2) PS Plaza, Giwa-Amu Road,…

Mainone Partners Wins 15 Years Connectivity Right in Research and Education Institutions

LAGOS/Nigeria:  Following a highly competitive and non-discriminatory bidding process involving leading communications operators in Africa, leading Connectivity and Data Center solutions provider, MainOne has emerged winner of a 15-year contract with the West and Central African Research and Education Network (WACREN) to provide high-speed bandwidth services. WACREN, the regional research and education network (REN) that facilitates interconnections between national RENs in West and Central Africa will use MainOne to provide high-speed backbone data services including internet access to schools, colleges and universities, research and the general academic community across West…

Mainone and Tizeti Partner With Facebook To Improve Internet Connectivity In Lagos

By Mike Jones/Agency Report LAGOS/Nigeria:  MainOne and Tizeti has announced the completion of a joint development project with Facebook  to enable the expansion of internet services in Lagos. This partnership will leverage MainOne’s fiber connectivity, Tizeti’s twenty brand-new solar-powered towers, and Facebook’s Express Wi-Fi. As a result of this project, internet services will be more accessible across Lagos Mainland including Ajao Estate, Surulere, Ikeja, Omole, Magodo, Gbagada, Oworonshoki, Bariga, Anthony Village, Ogudu, Ojota, Ketu and Alapere. Speaking on the partnership, Chief Executive Officer, Tizeti, Kendall Ananyi, said, “Access to fast…

Google Launches Five New Products

LAGOS/Nigeria: Google has announced introduction of five additional products that would enable internet users to access information with ease. Mr Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade, Google’s Communications and Public Affairs Manager, Anglophone West Africa, made this known in an interactive session with some internet users including journalists in Lagos on Friday. Kola-Ogunlade listed the products to include Gboard, Health Knowledge Panel, Movie Showtime, entertainment Archive and Google Post. He advised internet users to take advantage of the products for more relevance. According to him, Google built its platforms and products to be globally…

Internet Connectivity: Mainone Canvasses Local Internet Traffic Exchange Within Africa

By Mike Jones LAGOS/Nigeria:  West Africa’s leading provider of connectivity and data center solutions, MainOne has reiterated the importance of Internet traffic domiciliation as a key requirement for growing the internet ecosystem in Africa. Speaking at the just concluded African Peering and Interconnection Forum (AfPIF), MainOne’s Chief Executive Officer, Funke Opeke challenged the continent’s leading Internet players to exchange traffic on the continent, noting that this would significantly lower costs and improve performance. During her keynote address titled “Vision 80/20 by 2020” which approached the goal set by AfPIF to…

Military Now Monitors Social Media

ABUJA/Nigeria: The activities of Nigerians on the social media are now being monitored for hate speech, anti-government and anti-security information by the military. The Director of Defence Information, Major-General John Enenche, announced this on a Channels Television programme in Abuja. Maj-Gen Enenche said that such close-marking has become necessary because of troubling activities and misinformation propagated on social media which are capable of jeopardizing the unity of Nigeria. Maj-Gen Enenche’s comments were made less than two days after President Muhammadu Buhari’s national broadcast in which he said that some of…